File:Whitemanband1921.jpg|thumb|Whiteman and his orchestra, 1921
'''Paul Samuel Whiteman''' (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was an American bandleader
, composer, orchestral director and violinist.
Leader of one of the most popular dance bands in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s, Whiteman produced recordings that were immensely successful, and press notices often referred to him as the "King of Jazz". Using a large ensemble and exploring many styles of music, Whiteman is perhaps best known for his blending of symphonic music and jazz
, as typified by his 1924 commissioning and debut of George Gershwin
's jazz-influenced "Rhapsody in Blue
". Later, Whiteman's work on Symphonic Jazz influenced many jazz musicians either way - directly or indirectly - as diverse as Miles Davis
, Gil Evans
, the Modern Jazz Quartet
, Wynton Marsalis
and other modern artists.